Residents of the Highway Village spoke with Meridian Police Monday. They expressed their desire for stronger security around their neighborhood. Officers assured them, they are watching their community closely.
"Well, any time in the housing authority we have liaison officers that are assigned. We have two full time officers that are assigned to housing authority," said Capt. Jeff Lewis.
The Meridian Housing Authority is also taking measures to ensure safety.
"Some of the complaints that we see from some of our residents is that they would like to see enhanced quality lighting at night," said executive director Ron Turner. "We've adhered to that. We've included that in our five year plan."
Officials from the Meridian Police Department and the Meridian Housing Authority say individuals also have to take responsibility for their own safety. They are encouraging everyone to report any suspicious activity.
"Well anytime in a situation like this, you want people to be your eyes and ears," said Lewis. "That's one of the most important things that we can have is extra eyes and ears out here to see the crimes that we're not able to see all of the time because we are limited on patrol."
MPD officials say they want residents to report criminal activity.
The MHA also has a resident ban list. It's a list of individuals who have come onto MHA property and committed criminal acts. Residents are encouraged to keep a look out for those people.